Kirstin O'Connor

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Name: Kirstin O'Connor
Date registered: September 12, 2013

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  1. C.A.T.S. Receives Global Support — July 28, 2014
  2. Students Raise Funds for Fire Stations — July 25, 2014
  3. First Peaches Ready for Picking — July 22, 2014
  4. Sun-Blocking Wardrobe — July 21, 2014
  5. Carnival Safety Test Ride — July 18, 2014

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Warning Signs of Heat Related-Illnesses

MEDFORD, Ore. – Tuesday started off the month of July as the hottest day of the year for many areas in Southern Oregon. The heat is especially dangerous for people who spend most of the day working outside. In the past four years, 33 people received benefits through Oregon’s workers’ compensation system for heat-related illnesses. The majority … Continue reading »

SOU Summer Programs Kick Off

ASHLAND, Ore. - Keeping kids active during the summer vacation can be a challenge, especially for working parents. Southern Oregon University is offering new summer courses to give kids a hands-on, educational experience during the break. NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with Southern Oregon University’s Pre-College Youth Programs Coordinator about which classes are still open for enrollment.

C.A.T.S. in Danger of Closing

MEDFORD, Ore. – A local animal shelter dedicated to keeping stray cats off the streets recently announced that without some last-minute help, it will have to shut its doors. The Committed Alliance to Strays (C.A.T.S.) shelter has rescued more than 10,000 kittens and cats in Jackson County. For more than 20 years the nonprofit organization has … Continue reading »

First Day to Buy Fireworks

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Fireworks are now on sale in the Rogue Valley, but especially with a strong start to fire season fire officials are warning everyone to be careful with what they buy and where they light their fireworks. NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Northrop about the types of fireworks … Continue reading »

Crews Respond to Gold Hill Grass Fire

GOLD HILL, Ore. — A fire sparked Sunday afternoon in Gold Hill, spreading to trees and drawing in several fire agencies and volunteers to help put it out. The call came in just before noon. It started on the 4000 block of Foots Creek Road. Firefighters from Grants Pass Public Safety, Rogue River Fire and … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement NRA Tactics Competition

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a National Rifle Association (NRA) Tactical Police Competition Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21st. The competition was open to both active and retired sworn law enforcement officers from both public and private agencies and U.S. Military members. Competitors were tested on their abilities to shoot duty … Continue reading »

Local School Security Response

MEDFORD, Ore. -     Local law enforcement officers handle active shooter situations like the one at Reynolds High School near Portland on Tuesday differently now than they did a decade ago. More than a million dollars have been put into school security upgrades since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. NewsWatch 12′s Kirstin O’Connor heard from Lt. … Continue reading »

Grilling Safely During Fire Season

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Wildfires can be caused by any flames, even the ones started on your stove or barbecue. Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires across the United States. Summer months are a peak time of the year for grill fires which can spread to a home if they are under … Continue reading »

Summer Swimming Safety

MEDFORD, Ore. -  Summer is just around the corner, and with some schools out kids are already jumping into the pool. While swimming is a great way to cool off, it can also cause some concern for parents with children who can’t swim yet. NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with Pediatrician Barbara Sibley about how to stay safe around … Continue reading »

Smoke Hanging Over Valley

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — The Two Bulls fire isn’t close to the Rogue Valley, but increasing smoke blowing our way could be seen from early Sunday morning. Fire investigators near the Green Springs checked the area for any signs of fire, but according to Oregon Department of Forestry, all that smoke making its way into … Continue reading »

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